This morning, I received the news that one of our church members suffered a stroke last night.
It's very upsetting because I felt this particular family already had a boatload of stuff to bear. ... which led me to thinking about how I take good health for granted.
Life can change in an instant for anyone of us. Health crises can come upon us in a blink of an eye. Have I been appreciating - no, reveling - in the fact that my body works?
Oh, sure, it doesn't work quite as well as when I was twenty-something, but it still functions. Every day that I'm alive and well is a gift and I should appreciate it.
In fact, upon reflection, I realize I'm guilty of taking a lot for granted. My spouse is still here sharing life with me. My children are all well. My grandchildren are, well, perfect in my eyes, and light up whatever space they are in at the time.
I have a job I can go to every morning and be surrounded with friends and co-workers that mean so much to me.
I'm free to worship how I choose and live where I want.
Yet, at any moment, any of that could be taken away.
What then? Will I mourn for all the times I could have appreciated my blessings but instead focused on all the things wrong in my life? Will I feel that if I could just go back, I'd spend each moment in thankfulness?
I'm determining now to practice thankfulness each day for the incredible gifts I've been given. I don't want to be guilty of wasting the time I have left with dissatisfaction with the very few things I wish were different.
What about you? I bet there are more good things you can find about your life than bad things. Celebrate the good today!
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt # 1. Write a blog post inspired by the word: guilty. Because I am guilty of not appreciating life enough.
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